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Difference between WFilter Enterprise and WFilter NG firewall.

Some users get confused about “WFilter Enterprise” and “WFilter NG firewall”, so in this topic I would like to discuss the difference about these two products.

Though they are all named as “WFilter xxx”,  ”WFilter Enterprise” is a pass-by web filtering software for windows pc, while “WFilter NG firewall” is a linux-based firewall system which shall be installed in a dedicated x86 pc.

WFilter NG Firewall

  • 1. A total solution for bandwidth optimize, access control, VPN.(UTM and NG firewall)
  • 2. Deployment: gateway, bridge.
  • 3. Installation: x86 PC or virtual machine
  • 4. License: 30-day free trial

WFilter Enterprise

  • 1. Pass-by monitoring windows software solution.
  • 2. Recommend deployment: pass-by
  • 3. Installation: shall be installed in a windows PC.
  • 4. License: 30-day free trial

How to choose?

The first, you need to confirm your requirement. If you only need “internet access control”, both “WFilter Enterprise” and “WFilter NG firewall” can satisfy you. If you need “bandwidth shaper” or VPN features, you need to choose “WFilter NG Firewall”.

The second, you need to choose the prefered deployment. In case you don’t want to change current network topology or add a new network device, you need to choose “WFilter Enterprise” which can be deployed with your current topology unchanged. If you agree to replace your current router/firewall, or add a transparent network bridge, please choose “WFilter NG firewall”.

The third, please be aware that WFilter Enterprise is a windows software program, which can be installed instantly. While WFilter NG firewall is an operation system, you need a dedicated PC and burn a CD or usb stick to install it.

Understanding the bandwidth shaper feature of WFilter NG Firewall

In a recent update of WFilter NG firewall, we have re-designed the “bandwidth shaper” feature. Now “bandwidth shaper” becomes easier to be understood and configured.

Let’s take a look.

The shaper rules list:

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Bandwidth shaper policy:

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In each policy, you need to define total UP and DOWNLOAD bandwidth for this rule. If this rule is applied to multiple clients, all the clients share the defined TOTAL bandwidth. Please note: “ the minimum bandwidth defines the static allocated bandwidth, while the maximum bandwidth is dynamic allocated.”

All clients applied by this rule have fair bandwidth sharing. You may also enable “client maximum rate” if you want to limit bandwidth rate for each IP.

In “ISP” module, the “Rate Limit” policy has the same settings as “bandwidth shaper”, as described in above.

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Youtube videos about WFilter

Below is a list of videos about WFilter in youtube.

How to monitor network traffic and bandwidth usage?

How to monitor internet activities in lan network?

How to monitor internet bandwidth usage on network?

How to block and filter websites in network using software?

How to track internet usage of network clients?

How to block porn websites in network?

How to block youtube videos in network?

How to scan DHCP Server with WFilter?

How to scan network devices with WFilter free?

How to block torrent downloading with WFilter Free?

How to block facebook on network with WFilter free?